Stephen Jones #NorthernLights Ep.120


This week in the tortoise shack we sat down with actor, playwright, Tallaghtfornian and ‘you know yer man, that fella, you saw him in the thing, Stephen Jones for a walk along the unconventional route he’s taken into acting and creating his own plays.
Whether it’s on stage or on the big screen Stephen loves what he does, and it shows. His parts in Love/Hate, Red Rock and Dublin Oldschool, fit seamlessly beside his theatre work; like playing Bricks in Eva O’Connor’s fantastic Maz & Bricks or now Lloyd, alongside Seána Kerslake, in his upcoming play Northern Lights.

This is a great insight into the creative process of yer man, you know his face, you do!

Tickets for Norther Lights @ Theatre Upstairs, Eden Quay: https://www.theatreupstairs.ie/northern-lights

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Aidan Comerford #WellSaid Ep.115


Here in the tortoise shack we have a tendency to get a bit too caught up in the numbers. That’s why what our guest, writer, former (yeah right) musical comedian and totally cracked dad Aidan Comerford, does is so impressive. His twitter threads are things of beauty, telling simple stories that can help readers understand complex issues, make you laugh out loud or give you a that gut-punch you didn’t see coming.
Aidan is a fascinating person and that he is so open about his own struggles is a testament to his resilience and, indeed, his wife’s patience! We thoroughly enjoyed this conversation about an twitter personality, an award winning comic, a one time Damien Rice wannabe, a husband and a father.

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Artwork by @Ciaraioch

David Norris #KickingBack Ep.113


Change takes persistence, determination and an unwavering belief in what you are trying to achieve. Our guest in the tortoise shack is scholar, independent Senator and long-time civil rights activist, David Norris.

David has turned his ire towards the government policy of inviting in vulture funds and allowing them “pick the carcass” of mortgagees. Working with the Master of the High Court, Ed Honohan and Fianna Fail TD, John McGuinness, David is looking to introduce a Bill that will keep people in their homes and allow them equal access to the purchase of their loans.

David has had a well documented health scare recently and it was great to see him in full voice and kicking back against a system designed for Big Finance at the expense of the ordinary citizen.

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Grace Dyas #Heroin2018 Ep.97

Class can kill. Our guest in the tortoise shack, writer, director, playwright and activist, Grace Dyas, came over to talk about the system that deems some lives are worth less than others. She is campaigning, via her award winning play Heroin, against the institutional cruelty and economic ineptitude that perpetuates the cycle of class warfare.

Grace speaks eloquently on the underlying issues and the trauma that make people turn to drugs and, most importantly, the steps we can support and demand the State take to finally end this systemic class genocide.

HEROIN is the story you were never told about the republic that never happened, of the person you never saw, of what we built and then demolished. It’s the big one, the bad one, the one you never thought you’d try.

HEROIN is a radical staging of how we got here, and how much we care. THEATREclub’s award winning show is an explosion of the social history of Heroin in Ireland over the last sixty years. First performed in 2010, the play has been been on hundreds of times since then, all over Europe. Crushingly as relevant as ever, Grace Dyas and Rachael Keogh (author of Dying to Survive) have come together to make a brand new production. We’re getting current. Again. We can’t fucking believe this is STILL going on. Its no longer a play, now, it has to be a campaign.
For sixty years, we’ve been going around in circles, letting people die. When we said we needed help we were put on a waiting list. There’s still only 30 detox beds. When we done something wrong we were sent straight to prison. No waiting. It costs €22,000 a year to keep one drug user in prison.

This is an invitation to come together and talk about trying something different and maybe then, we can hear the birds singing for the first time.
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Darach Ó Séaghdha #CraicBaby Ep.95


Language matters, words matter and sometimes even one word can make such a difference. Our guest in the tortoise shack, writer and host of the excellent and insanely successful Motherfoclóir podcast, Darach Ó Séaghdha talks all things Irish, English, Class and then incredibly powerfully on a different kind of normal.

There’s also a childish “my kids are better than your kids” fight. But Martin started it.

You can buy Darach’s new book Craic Baby here
And support the work of St Michael’s House here

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Mike McGrath-Bryan #CorkLovesMusic Ep. 76

The recession hit young people disproportionately, but young artists and musicians channeled that into their work. Journalist with Corks Evening Echo, Village Magazine and Podcast host of Red FM’s ‘Red on Red’, Mike McGrath-Bryan works his ass off trying to promote and help these acts. Sitting down in a cafe in Cork City, he explains how it’s all for the love of the music and its creators.

Oliver Callan #CallansKicks Ep. 71

Satire, done well, can be an effective tool for poking fun at the establishment and informing the general public of the truth behind the spin. That’s exactly what our guest in the tortoise shack, Impressionist, Columnist and lovable troublemaker, Oliver Callan does. Warning: there are several special guest appearances and one major walk out!

Ruth Fitzpatrick #BitShookTBH Ep.54

Social Media can be a bit of a dark place. But today’s guest in the tortoise shack, writer and activist Ruth Fitzpatrick(@RuthieFizz)is a colourful and creative social media phenomenon. Her twitter threads, using animal pictures and childlike language to explain the most difficult of subjects are must reads. Ruth, as you will hear, is way smarter than the average Bear, nose. Give this woman a book deal!

Terry McMahon #ThisIsOurIreland Ep. 45


Film was once the realm of myth making and escapism, but these days our politicians are the scripted actors who are playing roles in a PR Spun Irish success story. Award winning Actor-Writer-Director, Terry McMahon, joins us in the tortoise shack for a no holds barred discussion on Our Ireland, wanting to take over the GPO, Apollo House and the lies they were told by a government that wants to maintain the myth and normalise obscenity!
There’s also an incredible story about how Culture Ireland and our Government treated Terry’s movie success.
Warning: strong language and mature themes throughout!

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Linda Hayden #TimeIsNow Ep. 39


The ongoing high profile trial in Belfast, for the alleged rape of a young woman, has laid bare the ordeal the victims of rape undergo in trying to seek justice. As proceedings progressed our guest, comedian, activist and self declared ‘mad yoke’, Linda Hayden began to relive her own traumatic experience. We are delighted that she spoke to us about ending the shame attached to the victims of sexual assault and tackling the system that leaves a woman nearly 10 times more likely to get pregnant from rape than she is to get a conviction against the perpetrator. Time’s Up!